Ear Infection Treatment Alternative

Millions of children come down with ear infections every year. Millions of children receive treatment in the form of antibiotics or tubes every year. Millions of children have reoccuring infections even after being treated with antibiotics or tubes. As a parent you should be asking, “do I have any alternatives?” The answer is an astounding YES. Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective method of treatment that focuses on the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms.

Chiropractors who specialize in pediatrics use gentle adjustments to the spine to clear spinal dysfunction that could be causing nervous system interference. Studies have shown that adjusting misalignments in the upper cervical spine of children significantly decrease reoccuring ear infections as compared to conventional treatment. Along with the adjustments, chiropractors look at the overall health and lifestyle of the child and family.

The role of the chiropractic adjustment in the care and treatment of 332 children with otitis media.   Fallon, JM.   Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol 2, No. 2 1997 p.167-183.

  • From the abstract:   This pilot study included children from 27 days old to five-years-old, was on the effects of chiropractic adjustments on children with otitis media used tympanography as an objective measure.
  • Results:   the average number of adjustments administered by types of otitis media were as follows: acute otitis media (127 children) 4 adjustments; chronic/serous otitis media (104 children) 5 adjustments; for mixed type of bilateral otitis media (10 children) 5.3 adjustments; where no otitis was initially detected (74 children) 5.88 adjustments. The number of days it took to normalize the otoscopic examination was for acute 6.67, chronic/serous 8.57 and mixed 8.3. the number of days it took to normalize the tympanographic examination was acute: 8.35, chronic/serous 10.18 and mixed 10.9 days. The overall recurrence rate over a six month period from initial presentation in the office was for acute 11.02%, chronic/serous 16.34%, for mixed 30% and for none present 17.56%.
  • Conclusion:   The results indicate that there is a strong correlation between the chiropractic adjustment and the resolution of otitis media for the children in this study. Note: 311 of the 332 had a history of prior antibiotic use. 53.7% of the children had their first bout of otitis media between the ages of 6 months and 1 year and a total of 69.9% of the subjects in the study had their first bout of OM under a year of age. This is consistent with the findings of others

This is just one of many studies to show the effectiveness of chiropractic with children. For more information or to locate a pediactric chiropractor in your area go to http://www.icpa4kids.org.

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